Senior AssociateSan Francisco
Lacey’s corporate investigation experience includes federal program theft, insider trading, False Claims Act, and Anti-Kickback Statute investigations. She has also represented clients in a range of government enforcement actions, including those brought by the SEC, DOJ, and state regulators.
Lacey has broad complex litigation experience, frequently handling claims of fraud, securities law violations, breaches of fiduciary duties, and breaches of contract, among others. Lacey has litigated in a variety of federal and state courts and represented clients in international arbitrations.
Lacey’s pro bono work has included briefing and arguing an appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, first-chair representation of clients at administrative hearings, advising non-profit clients on compliance matters, and assisting a woman serving a life sentence in gaining parole after 34 years in prison.
Representative engagements include:
Lacey represented a medical device company in connection with a DOJ investigation involving allegations of False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute violations.
Lacey represented former employees of a Medicaid Managed Care Organization subject to a qui tam lawsuit for alleged False Claims Act violations and obtained dismissal with prejudice of the complaint.
Lacey represents a Federally Qualified Health Center subject to a qui tam lawsuit for alleged False Claims Act violations and recently secured dismissal of the allegations with prejudice at the pleading stage.
Lacey represents a medical testing company subject to a qui tam lawsuit for alleged False Claims Act violations.
SEC Investigations & Enforcement Actions
Lacey represented the former general counsel of a public software company in an SEC enforcement action alleging violations of various accounting and securities laws.
Lacey represented a high-ranking member of a city government in an SEC enforcement action alleging fraud in connection with a bond offering.
Lacey represented a Fortune 500 company in connection with an SEC investigation of potential insider trading.
Lacey represented former high-ranking employees of a mortgage company in connection with a DOJ investigation involving potential mail and wire fraud claims under FIRREA.
Lacey represented a company in connection with a DOJ investigation of alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.
Lacey represents a number of universities in connection with investigations related to allegations of federal program fraud committed by faculty who allegedly participated in foreign Talents programs without proper disclosure.
Lacey represented a former executive of Fortune 500 company in connection with Delaware shareholder derivative litigation.
Lacey represented an automotive company in a FINRA arbitration involving claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties, and breach of contract in connection with a private securities offering.
Other Complex Civil Litigation
Lacey was a member of a team that represented Oracle in high stakes litigation arising from Oregon's failure to launch its health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
Lacey represented Acer in a dispute with a former vendor.
Lacey represented a venture capitalist in a fraud suit brought by a disgruntled limited partner and secured a dismissal with prejudice at the pleading stage.
Lacey represents a venture capital company and its founder in a dispute with a limited partner involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breaches of contract in international arbitration.
Lacey represents an automotive company in a trade secrets dispute with its competitor.